Pretty Much Pop hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt–along with guest Mike Wilson–discuss the director’s films from Eraserhead to Inland Empire plus Twin Peaks and his recent short films. We get into the appeal and the stylistic and storytelling hallmarks of his mainstays–Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway, and Mulholland Drive–and also consider outliers like Dune, The Elephant Man, and The Straight Story.
What’s with the campy acting and the weird attitudes toward women? Why make us stare at something moving very slowly for a long time? Are these films appealing to young people interested in something different but not on the whole actually enjoyable? Is there actually a “solution” to make sense of the senseless, or are these wacky plots supposed to remain unassimilable and so not dismissible?
Some articles we drew on included:
- “David Lynch Films Ranked from Worst to Best” by Swapnil Dhruv Bose
- “The Remarkable Influence of David Lynch” by Mike Mariani
- “David Lynch in the Beautiful World of Twin Peaks” by Sean O’Neal
- “David Lynch Responds to ‘Twin Peaks’ Fan Theories: ‘We All See Something Different in a Story’” by Jude Dry
- “‘Twin Peaks’ and Beyond: The Best Shows Inspired by David Lynch’s TV Phenomenon” by Hanh Nguyen
- “Lost Highway Explained: The Meaning of David Lynch’s Masterpiece” by Carlo Affatigato
- “Laura Dern, Naomi Watts and Patricia Arquette Reveal What It’s Really Like Working With David Lynch” by Zack Sharf
- “Isabella Rossellini Assesses the Role that Haunted Her” by Laurie Winer
- “David Lynch Is Done With Film, and Promises 2006’s ‘Inland Empire’ Was the Last Movie He’ll Ever Make” by Matt Rourke
- “In Inland Empire, David Lynch Presents Female Suffering as it Should Be – a Living Nightmare” by Clarisse Laughrey
- “Revisit a Young David Lynch Being Interviewed About ‘Eraserhead’ back in 1979” by Jack Whatley
Also, read Roger Ebert’s reviews of Dune and Blue Velvet, and his subsequent thoughts on the latter. What did critics say about “What Did Jack Do?” Watch “Twin Peaks Actually Explained.” Check out his short films if you can sit through them.
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Just started listening. But holy smokes, does Mike Wilson not sound remarkably like Kyle MacLachlan?